Create Direct Links to Online Articles from your Blackboard Courses

One convenient option for making reading material available to students through Blackboard is to create persistent or durable links to full-text articles found in the library’s research databases.  Some of the advantages of providing persistent links to articles are:

  • Students do not have to come to the library. They can access articles anytime and anywhere.
  • It familiarizes students with research databases. Linking provides students the opportunity to see and use the database without having the added responsibility of evaluating and choosing the information from the database.
  • The responsibility falls on the database vendor to handle the copyright issues (e.g., to pay the copyright holder when there is a requirement for that to be done). You don’t have to go through the hassle of getting the necessary permissions to: place copyrighted materials in the library’s reserves, photocopy the material, or download the full article on your Bb course site.

 For more information on creating persistent links, check out the online guide, Integrating Library Resources Into Your Blackboard Courses , or contact the Reference Desk.

Browse the library’s journals & magazines by subject

A quick and easy way to search the library’s print & online journals & magazines by subject is to use the Browse e-journals by subject option available from the JSRCC Full-Text Periodical List by Serials Solutions.  To access this tool, click on Journal Locators from the Library’s home page, then click on JSRCC Full-Text Periodical List. For more information on how to use this tool, call the Reference Desk.

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Textbooks on Reserve

The library does not purchase current textbooks for the circulating collection, but we do keep some textbooks on reserve behind the circulation desk. We do not have all textbooks, but if a faculty member brings us a copy we will gladly and quickly make it available to students. Most textbooks may be used in the library only for up to two hours. You will need a library card to borrow these books.

Program heads, especially, we encourage you to stop by the library to update the textbooks for your curricula when you can.  Use this form when you are bringing in new materials, please. If you prefer, we can send an inventory of textbooks currently available for your program so you can see what needs to be updated. Contact Lisa Bishop at the Parham Road Campus, Rebekah Goodfellow at the Downtown Campus, or Ophelia Payne at the Western Campus.

Reserves are listed in the VCCSLinc Catalog but are a little tricky to find. Select Course Reserves from the blue menu, then choose J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. I think the easiest search is Course Number, begins with.  Choose that, then put the course code–MTH for math, ENG for English, EGR for engineering, etc.–in the textbox. You’ll see everything we have for that course group.

Find Videos and Pictures for Class

Are you wasting your time trying to find videos, audio clips, or pictures for a class lesson, assignment, or presentation?  Look no further!  The library has developed an online Multimedia Resources guide containing a wealth of links to video clips, audio clips, and pictures on the Internet.  To access the guide from the library’s home page, click on Subject Guides, then Multimedia Resources.   Here is just a sampling of resources available from the guide:

  • American Rhetoric
    Includes audio clips of American speeches, sermons, lectures, and interviews.
  • Annenberg Media – Video on Demand
    Includes a wide range of instructional video programs in a variety of disciplines.
  • FreeFoto.com
    Large collection of free photos available for non-commercial use on the Internet.
  • Internet Moving Images Archive
    Contains thousands of videos which range from classic full-length movies, to daily news alternative broadcasts, to user-uploaded videos of every genre.
  • NYPL Digital Gallery
    Access to over 520,000 images from the New York Public Library.  Includes manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books and more.
  • Vincent Voice Library
    A collection of speeches, performances, lectures, interviews, and broadcasts from over 50,000 people and recorded over the last 100 years.

Before downloading or using any media, check for any copyright and usage restrictions.  For more information on this guide or assistance in locating multimedia resources, please contact the Reference Desk.

It’s Tax Return Time

You can find current tax legislation summaries, tax forms, electronic filing options, tax calculators, and answers to your frequently asked questions at the Virginia Department of Taxation’s web site.

You may also want to check out NetLibrary’s ebook of the month – Lower Taxes in 7 Easy Steps.

New Library Instruction Model & Assessment for ENG 111

Starting this semester, library instruction for English 111 classes will include objectives based on ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.  Several instructional packages will be offered or you can customize your own package based on these competencies.  You can review these packages on the Library Instruction online request forms for each campus:

Library Assessment: 
We highly recommend that English 111 students complete an assessment after instruction.  The assessment is available as a Word file or .zip file that can be loaded into your Blackboard course.  For more information, see the Library Assessment for Eng 111 web page. 

New Periodicals for 2007 at Parham Campus Library

Parham Campus Library is subscribing to several new journals in print for 2007. Look for these new titles:

American Historical Review

Educational Leadership

Harvard Educational Review

Journal of Chemical Education

Journal of Modern History

National Wildlife

Vital Speeches of the Day

Because we have electronic access to them now, we are cancelling print subscriptions to: American Biology Teacher, Chemical & Engineering News, Community College Review, Journal of Child Psychology, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Journal of Southern History, Law & Contemporary Problems, National Law Journal, and Survey of Current Business.

Read a Banned Book!

In support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, the American Library circus.jpgAssociation is sponsoring Banned Books Week (September 23 – 30), an annual celebration of our right to access books without censorship.Observed since 1982, this year marks Banned Book Week’s 25th anniversary. This event commemorates the most basic freedom in a democratic society—the freedom to read freely—and encourages us not to take this freedom for granted.

Since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has recorded more than 7,800 book challenges. A challenge is a formal, written complaint requesting a book be removed from library shelves or a school’s curriculum. About three out of four of all challenges are to material in schools or school libraries, and one in four are to material in public libraries. OIF estimates that less than one-quarter of challenges are reported and recorded.

It is thanks to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, and students that most challenges are unsuccessful and reading materials like those listed below remain available on library book shelves:

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  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • Catch-22
  • Clockwork Orange
  • The Color Purple
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Harry Potter
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Of Mice and Men
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

Check out these other sites:

History on the Internet

historybook1.gif Check out NetLibrary’s Ebook of the Month – History Highway. This guide to history sites on the web provides live links to all of the websites covered in this ebook. More than 3,000 Internet sites are divided into sections covering U.S. history, world history, and a wide range of sub fields including futurism, environmental history, Middle Eastern history and immigration history. Each listing includes a full description and live link to the relevant web site.

Access NetLibrary books from any JSRCC Library computer or Internet-accessible computer on campus. If you would like to access NetLibrary from off-campus, drop by your JSRCC campus library’s Reference Desk and a librarian will help you set up an account.

Good Reads!

Exciting new books have been arriving in our Library all through the summer.  Be sure to check out:

  • Mezzatura: Fragments from the Common Ground, by Ahdaf Souef.
    “. . . an incisive collection of essays on Arab identity . . . that seeks to locate the Mezzaterra, or common ground. . .” BJ1481.M46 2006B
  • Happiness, a History, by Darrin McMahon. What did it mean to people throughout history that humans have not always considered happiness an “inalienable right?” BJ1481.M46 2006
  • The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, by Tim Gallagher “. . . And then it happened. Less than one hundred feet away, a large black-and-white bird . . . came out into the sunshine . . .We both cried out simultaneously, Ivory-bill!”
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  • The Discoveries, by Alan Lightman. This author always moves us into the world of science in surprising literary ways- his latest book takes us on a tour of the best ideas in twentieth century science! Q180.55.D57L54 2005
  • Writers on the Air: Conversations About Books, by Donna Seaman. From the Chicago-based radio show, “Open Books,” interviewer Donna Seaman presents fascinating glimpses into the minds of diverse modern writers, including Chitra Divakaruni , Chang-rae Lee, and Julia Glass. PS225.S43 2005